Hopefully, our mountains will receive a few more substantial snowstorms this winter season. Otherwise we could face a dicey fire season this fall.
Luckily, as of yesterday, the Uintah mountains are sitting at a comfortable 95 percent of average snow pack. One year at near normal snow pack is not enough to pull us from the drought we’ve been mired in for the past few years - but that is a topic for another editorial.
When we are lucky enough to get that few-and-far-between snowstorm, the beauty is also a harbinger of bad news for our citizens who commute to work on the Wasatch Front.
Fortunately these brave citizens have had their knights in shiny armor come to their rescue...well, maybe not shiny armor. More like salt-encrusted road-battered bright orange paint.
Each and every one of us owe the men and women who drive snowplows a huge debt of gratitude. These dedicated individuals brave the worst Mother Nature can dish out on a daily, and nightly, basis so that our roads are safe for us to travel on.
Clearing our roads is not a job that many of us would want.
Most snowplow operators are up and working long before the rooster crows. Four in the morning is not unheard of.
They are also out late into the night laying salt down on the streets so we can make it home safely.
These dedicated individuals answer the call whenever the snow flies.
Unfortunately Mother Nature doesn’t keep a very regular schedule when it comes to releasing snowstorms, so weekends and holidays are just another day to the snow plow drivers.
And while we citizens may grumble at having to shovel the berms of pushed snow from our driveways that these Orange Knights produce, it is a necessary evil to keeping our roads clear.
Thanks again to all snowplow drivers and their families. We appreciate all you do.
Drive safely everyone and Mother Nature... Bring on those storms! We desperately need the moisture.